A hummingbird visits a magenta penstemon flower

With their small size, incredible speed, and brilliant colors, hummingbirds are much-loved pollinators. If you want to attract more hummingbirds to your yard and garden you can always add feeders, but here are some pollinator preferred perennials that hummingbirds especially love.


Delphiniums come in a range of hues, with their spiky blooms on a tall towering stem. The open florets are perfect for hummingbirds! Plant them in full sun to a little evening shade, and be sure to keep them evenly moist.


Lobelia is an easy to grow, attractive summertime bloomer, that will continue to produce flowers on up through the first frost. Growing lobelia is an asset to the garden, and the blue, pink, or red flowers are irresistible to hummingbirds . Plant them in full sun, and keep them moist.



Penstemon, also called beardtongue, produces dozens of tubular flowers arranged on a tall stalk. Found in mountainous areas and their foothills, this herbaceous species is a temperate zone darling and thrives in most areas of the Western United States. Having this perennial in your garden will have the hummingbirds doing summersaults to get to the plantiful blooms and sweet nectar. Penstemon comes in a rainbow of flower colors and sizes. Plant in full sun.

Tips for Success

To keep all these perennials blooming, remember to remove spent flowers to promote new bloom growth.


Scabiosa's common name is derived from the flower's cushion-like center and pin-looking stamens, which is why it is often called the pincushion flower. This attractive summer bloomer can be found in a variety of colors, with blue, purple, and white being the most common. The flowers may reach up to a foot or two in height above the lush gray to blue-green foliage. This easy care perennial is suitable for bed and border plantings, and works well in containers. Their long stems and stunning and long-lasting flowers makes them ideal for a cutting garden. Plant them in full sun, and keep moist.


Don't Forget The Water!

Hummingbirds are attracted to bubbling water! Consider adding a container water feature or solar-powered bubbler that continuously provides the sound of running water to your garden to give your hummingbird friends a refreshing drink.

For even more perennials, annuals, vines, and shrubs that attract all kinds of helpful pollinators, check out our Growing Guide: Plants That Attract Pollinators.